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Tabouli, The Lebanese Way

Real Estate Agent with Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 REB.0759001

Tabouli, The Lebanese Way

I am not a cook, but for me I seldom lack for a good meal as my wife is an excellent cook and learned her style in the kitchen with her mother and 2 sisters in Lebanon. Each imparting their special style and nuances to make a dish their way.

One of the healthy salads she makes is Tabouli, a parsley salad that has gotten much attention with health-conscious people on the North American continent.

All the ingredients are fresh. 

2 large bunches of parsley
1 bunch of scallions, just the greens
1 small bunch of mint
cracked wheat, less than a quarter cup
2 large roma tomatoes
2 lemons or 1/3 cup of lemon juice
1/3 cup of olive oil

season with salt and pepper to taste and add more olive oil if it seems too dry

The preparation is key and very time consuming. My wife does not use a food processor to prepare the ingredients as that would mush them up too much.  A sharp knife also helps


The parsley and scallions would be held tightly and then with the knife, start the process of finely chopping the parsley and once all are cut, dice to cut just right.

All ingredients are placed into a bowl for blending and mixing.

Lemon juice is added and being a purist, she will squeeze the lemons in a juicer although store bought juice will work almost as well but lacks the freshness.  While she is cutting the greens, the cracked wheat is sitting in water for no more than 5 mins and then is drained. This makes it softer.

Into the bowl are mixed the parsley, scallions, mint and the cracked wheat. The cracked wheat is a grain, and some parts of the Middle East will use more than she does but it is also a preference.  Lastly, she adds diced Roma tomatoes. She prefers the Romas as they have fewer seeds and more pulp. 

The tabouli is best served chilled and while served in a bowl, the Lebanese way is to eat it on a leaf of romaine lettuce. A boat of health.

This is a post for the June Challenge of creating an ActiveRain cookbook, but the recipe can be used well in advance of that cookbook being prepared.

Tabouli, The Lebanese Way

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Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

Ed-- this sounds and looks delicious, good job for the June challenge.   I have never had this, but I would like to.  

Jun 10, 2024 04:53 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Ed - I have eaten and enjoyed tabouli but I've never made it.  And it's a thought that hasn't enter my mind.  There is something about mint that seems to add so much to many dishes.  The recipe sounds delicious, and I am sure the results out of the kitchen are even tastier

Jun 10, 2024 05:10 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Michael Jacobs   It is refreshing, healthy and tasty. All the ingredients are simple and when blended perfect.

Jun 10, 2024 05:12 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Michael Elliott   This is very common for people that talk of weight loss. I am surprised you are not familiar with it.

Jun 10, 2024 05:10 AM
Michael Elliott

I have had nearly every salad known to man since 10-22, I am also surprised!

Jun 10, 2024 05:14 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thank you for sharing! I've never read a recipe that stated only the green part of the scallions is to be used. So interesting!

Jun 10, 2024 05:34 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Kat Palmiotti  The whites can be used, but my wife prefers to have all green with the touch of red from the tomatoes

Jun 10, 2024 06:31 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

My sister makes this frequently, great information. Thanks for sharing it.

Have a super fantastic week!

Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

Jun 10, 2024 05:43 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Bill Salvatore - East Valley   Your sister understands good food.

Jun 10, 2024 06:32 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Your narration if the step-by-step process of making Tabouli made me hungry this early in the day. I will have to make this, since we enjoy fresh-made salads in the summer. Thanks for the entry to this month's challenge, Ed!

Jun 10, 2024 05:43 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!  I have all but the lemons in the garden for her to make this until the crop is gone.

Jun 10, 2024 06:32 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!

We have lemons but they are still growing, Ed Silva, 203-206-0754. Will buy the cracked wheat, scallions and mint to make it.

Jun 10, 2024 06:46 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Ed... tabouli might be the only middle eastern food I eat except for samosas. 22 long months in the middle east that felt like 22 years cured me of any desire for the food.

Jun 10, 2024 06:08 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 if you say so, Ed! :)

Jun 10, 2024 06:37 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Nina Hollander, Broker   There are parts of the Middle East where it can be quite enjoyable.  Lebanon, parts of Turkey and even Cypress

Jun 10, 2024 06:34 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Ed, for sharing this recipe.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Jun 10, 2024 07:32 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Thanks for stopping Roy Kelley 

Jun 10, 2024 03:57 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Such a vibrant looking salad Ed. Fresh made healthy salad for the Summer...Yum.

Jun 10, 2024 07:34 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400   It is the time of year for the freshness.

Jun 10, 2024 03:57 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed like you I am not a cook either, BUT I am an expert eater, and this salad sounds excellent to me.  😀

Jun 10, 2024 07:45 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

George Souto   Whether cooking or eating it is wise to show appreciation and enthusiasm.

Jun 10, 2024 03:58 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Ed:

Thanks for sharing this recipe - I really like Tabouli but haven't had it for a long time. Now I really want it!



Jun 10, 2024 10:52 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Jeff Dowler, CRS   I would bet it is rathe common in that area of CA

Jun 10, 2024 03:59 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Ed- I love Tabouli but have never made it!!!! Way back when, my friends and I would eat at a small place near work. We'd have Tabouli, humus and Pita bread. I loved it. Thank you so much for sharing this in June's Challenge. 

Jun 10, 2024 05:57 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Kathy Streib   If you have a large enough Costco nearby, you should be able to get all of them again.

Jun 10, 2024 05:59 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't think I have ever had tabouli before, but that looks delicious and I would want to try it.

Jun 11, 2024 05:47 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Brian England  It is very tasty and all the ingredients being fresh is better.

Jun 11, 2024 08:25 AM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, SFR®, e-PRO®, GRI, AHWD, REALTOR®

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 

Oh Wow!, I love a well made Tabouli, I do remember making it once, but I lost the recipe. Thank you for adding all the ingredients: 

Jun 12, 2024 05:34 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Thank Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!  for the Challenge and my wife for the expertise.

Jun 12, 2024 06:55 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

I made this recently and loved it, very distinct flavor and fresh, fresh, fresh.

Jun 12, 2024 12:55 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543  This is the season of freshness as all is so readily available.

Jun 15, 2024 09:05 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Thank you, Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 

My wife loves a good salad. I will share this recipe with her and I bet she will try it out.

Jun 13, 2024 11:58 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

John Juarez   As I wrote on another blog, ActiveRain is a place of learning.

Jun 15, 2024 09:21 AM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial Realty Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

give my regards to your talented wife Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 😎 Her salad looks inviting and tasty.  I enjoyed your Tabouli, The Lebanese Way 

Jun 15, 2024 07:25 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Eileen Burns 954.483.3912   I will wait to hear the results of you making and eating it.

Jun 15, 2024 09:22 AM